Visitors told to leave the Eurobodalla now or be ready with a fire survival plan

Genevieve Jacobs 30 December 2019 68
Eurobodalla Fire Control Centre

Eurobodalla fire resources are being readied for severe conditions over the next two days. Photo: Alex Rea

Summer tourists in popular South Coast visitor destinations have been told in no uncertain terms to leave the Eurobodalla now if they are planning to go as fire risks heighten over the next two days.

The warning extends to people in South Durras, Batemans Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Tuross Head, Narooma and Tilba, all popular destinations for Canberrans and regional visitors who may also have holiday homes in the area.

NSW Rural Fire Services warned today that there is significant potential for fires on the Far South Coast to impact people’s travel plans tomorrow and over coming days in all those areas as they brace for significant adverse weather conditions.

They say that visitors who choose to remain may not be able to leave until fire-impacted areas can be made safe. If you need to leave, leaving now is the safest option. All travel plans should be reconsidered in light of the risk.

Similar warnings for the Shoalhaven were issued two days ago when emergency operations controller Ray Stynes and incident controller Superintendent Mark Williams asked visitors to stay away if possible due to intense pressure on local resources.

Access to the coast from Canberra has been cut for weeks as the Kings Highway remains shut from Braidwood as fires rage across the Clyde. Visitors have been forced to travel over Brown Mountain to Bega or down the coast via Kangaroo Valley. But as the Currowan fire edges north towards the Southern Highlands, those routes are also coming under threat.

Crews are currently attempting to control the north and northeastern fronts of the Currowan fire but the RFS says there is “every likelihood” that the fire could cross the Shoalhaven River. In a worst-case scenario, it could reach the village of Kangaroo Valley, although not immediately.

The RFS says that anyone who intends to stay on the South Coast should have a bushfire survival plan ready to enact. Visitors should not enter bushland areas.

Check Live Traffic and Fires Near Me prior to departure, and regularly during your journey. Drive with your car headlights on at all times so you can be seen, and travel with extra food and water.

Stay up to date with the latest RFS information via Fires Near Me, call 1800 679 737 or listen to ABC Southeast radio or 2EC/PowerFM.


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68 Responses to Visitors told to leave the Eurobodalla now or be ready with a fire survival plan
Maria Minichilli Maria Minichilli 9:05 am 31 Dec 19

Stay safe Julia and the family

Louise Bromhead Louise Bromhead 7:18 am 31 Dec 19

Our house is burning - Greta Thunberg- seems she is right :-( hope this is not too close a call for you all.

    Stephen Lawrence Samara-Wickrama Stephen Lawrence Samara-Wickrama 8:12 am 31 Dec 19

    Louise Bromhead it's frustrating and sad that some people won't believe it's happening until their homes are about to burn down.

Jim Marshall Jim Marshall 7:09 am 31 Dec 19

Are you and craig OK.

thinking of Jim Jill

Romy Southwell Romy Southwell 3:28 am 31 Dec 19

If you are in danger... go to the beach, with your towels!

Peter Roberts Peter Roberts 12:11 am 31 Dec 19

Tommy Whittle you seen this bro

Jad Vidovic Jad Vidovic 11:54 pm 30 Dec 19

We’re stuck here 😩... we only found out tonight that all roads to Canberra are closed & Princess Highway is going to close in the morning... we have no way to get out & they’re telling us to start getting ready for ember attacks tomorrow. Can’t believe it’s gotten to this !!

    Liana Ramundi Liana Ramundi 9:14 am 31 Dec 19

    Jad oh no! Stay safe 💕

    Lorraine Gannon Lorraine Gannon 12:19 pm 31 Dec 19

    Jad Vidovic stay safe! Thinking of you all, must be scary x

Jo Gray Jo Gray 10:48 pm 30 Dec 19

David Vickers might have to swing by Kiama

Jordan Bromhead Jordan Bromhead 10:04 pm 30 Dec 19

Kate Stuart are you guys at Broulee? Stay safe!

    Kate Stuart Kate Stuart 6:58 am 31 Dec 19

    Jordan Bromhead thanks Jordan. Have prepped. Can feel the heat of the fire this morning.

    Justine Stuart Justine Stuart 7:55 am 31 Dec 19

    Kate Stuart stay safe xx

Rachel Mikulandra Rachel Mikulandra 7:07 pm 30 Dec 19

the road is closed in both directions

Wrennie Moon Wrennie Moon 6:59 pm 30 Dec 19

Aaron Jen did you see this?

Alena Sarri Alena Sarri 6:53 pm 30 Dec 19

Marie what r u guys going to do? Daniel?

    Marie Prieto Marie Prieto 7:53 pm 30 Dec 19

    Alena Sarri we are ok but can't leave as roads closed. The place is eerye there is a black sky all day and night and red sun

    There is ash and black burnt gum leaves falling from the sky like snow.

    Alena Sarri Alena Sarri 9:21 pm 30 Dec 19

    😢 stay safe

Tayla O'Donnell Tayla O'Donnell 6:44 pm 30 Dec 19

Chris Malfone Wayne Warton I'm stuck down the coast 😬😬😬

Clair Greenwood Clair Greenwood 6:42 pm 30 Dec 19

http://chng.it/7XTF6YTNmV

Philippa Kim Philippa Kim 6:40 pm 30 Dec 19

Anna Uren Virginia Buring did you see this?

    Virginia Buring Virginia Buring 8:51 pm 30 Dec 19

    Philippa Kim we are seeing so much it is hard to know how to respond. We can't get home and it is so calm here at the moment and has been all day.

    Judith Miller Judith Miller 3:57 pm 31 Dec 19

    Virginia Buring Imy, Pete and family are at our house. I’ll tell them you’re there too. I am supposed to come down tomorrow from Mollymook if the road is still open. Might see you then. All the power is off here . Still off in Durras?

Peter Nicholas Peter Nicholas 6:39 pm 30 Dec 19

Monique be safe!

    Monique Liddle Monique Liddle 9:47 am 31 Dec 19

    Peter Nicholas we are on watch , packed ready to go to beach .

Zoe Winston-Gregson Zoe Winston-Gregson 6:25 pm 30 Dec 19

Milly Brent stay safe if you’re still down the coast!

    Milly Brent Milly Brent 6:26 pm 30 Dec 19

    Zoe Winston-Gregson thanks, I have left but fam are all still there :(

    Zoe Winston-Gregson Zoe Winston-Gregson 6:27 pm 30 Dec 19

    Milly Brent glad you’re safe, hope your family stay so too.

Steven Ryan Steven Ryan 6:25 pm 30 Dec 19

Harry Ryan hows it going in bermy

Paula Thomas Paula Thomas 6:11 pm 30 Dec 19

Yes we saw! Hayley packed up and left within an hour

Patricia Norgate Patricia Norgate 6:09 pm 30 Dec 19

Sara Norgate Is this you?

Shona Barber Shona Barber 6:04 pm 30 Dec 19

Julie Waters Voutos, I guess you've seen and heard all about this. Please everyone - stay safe

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